With three commitments since Sunday, N.C. State has climbed out of last place in the ACC in one of the major recruiting rankings.
Tight end Benson Browne’s coach at Walnut Hills (Ohio) High, George Kontsis, confirmed this morning that Browne has committed to the Wolfpack. That moved N.C. State past Wake Forest into 11th place in the ACC in scout.com’s rankings for the Class of 2011.
Scout.com has N.C. State at No. 63 overall, one spot ahead of Wake Forest.
The Wolfpack remains last in the ACC in the rivals.com rankings.
Since Sunday, N.C. State has received commitments from Browne, defensive tackle Chris Jones of Raines High in Jacksonville, Fla., and wide receiver Hakeem Flowers of Wade Hampton High in Greenville, S.C.
N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien has often said he doesn’t pay much attention to recruiting rankings because he doesn’t believe analysts can predict how a given player will fit into a particular school’s system.
“One thing I’ve learned about Tom O’Brien in his decade at Boston College is, you can’t go based on recruiting rankings or stars next to a kid’s name with O’Brien and his staff,” rivals.com analyst Mike Farrell said last week.
N.C.State still is ranked far behind rival North Carolina, whose class is rated No. 18 in the nation and No. 3 in the ACC by scout.com. Duke is rated 10th in the ACC by scout.com.
Ken Tysiac has covered the ACC in the Raleigh Bureau of The Charlotte Observer since 2003. He spent eight years in South Carolina covering Clemson, first with the Anderson Independent-Mail and later with The (Columbia) State. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1991.